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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7983, 12 August 1889
|From Our Parliamentary Reporter.J
WELLINGTON, Auciust 10. Local Option Extension. It is understood that Mr Fulton will renew his question re tho introduction of a Bill on Prohibition lines. The Premier feels that he is bound to give effect to the expressed wish of tbe House, as shown upon the late vote. A Bill giving people the right of veto will bo introduced next session. The Northern Trunk Line. The Wellington members are not satisfied with the Public Works Statement, in so far as it hangs up the work of the North Island Trunk Railway without any further expendi ture for twelve months, Dr Newman is moving in the direction of a conference of the Auckland and Wellington members on the subject. Log Rolling. Members are receiving printed matter in large quantities from the Dargaville district against the Puhipuhi Forest Tramway. The position is getting to be a very interesting one, because rumor has it that the Otago Central Railway's fate depends largely upon Messrs Hobbs acd R. Thompson's votes. Both hon. gentlemen strenuously opposed this railway last year ; but, with the Puhipuhi Forest Tramway scheme in prospect, they will probably find it convenient on the present occasion to abstain from active opposition, even should they not be found voting for the Southern Bill. The Incidence of Taxation. It is thought that the question of a land and income tax, as opposed to the Property Tax, will be raised in the debate on the Property Assessment Bill, which begins on Monday evening. Amendments in that direction are ready if the opportunity oilers for their submission. A Close Shave. The Government had a narrower escape on the Ward-Christie correspondence debate than appears upon the surface. Mr Goldie and Mr Saunders gave Ministers to understand that if their defeat would mean a dissolution they would have voted for Mr Larnach's amendment; but, as it would merely result in a change of Government, which, with the' present House, would not improve matters, they reluctantly voted with Ministers. Mr Saunders, who has been working up a speech upon the Financial Statement, feels particularly annoyed with tho Premier just now. Sir H. Atkinson knew this, and offered to supply him with any figures be might want. Mr Saunders thought to avail himself of the offer, and submitted certain queries in writing. These were referred by the Premier to the officials, and report hath it that the replies were of such a character that nothing could be made out of them. Mr Saunders threatens to Bansardise the stupidity of the Government officials by reading tho replies in the House. Jones's Case. Mr Goldie has received a petition for presentation to His Excellency the Governor and also to the Minister for Justice from the people of Onehunga, praying for the release of Mr W. F. Jones, who so successfully manipulated the iron sand at Onehunga some years ago, but who, when under the influence of liquor, wounded a man at Onehunga, and was sentenced to a lengthy term of imprisonment. As the Governor is now at Nelson no action will be taken till he returns to Wellington. Country Scholarships. Some of the Northern members have been pressing on the Minister of Education the necessity of so amending the scholarship regulations as to permit of a certain number of scholarships being set apart exclusively for pupils attending the country school?. It is alleged that the latter are handicapped in having to compete againßt city children, as in some of the larger town schools a special scholarship class exists. The Hon. Mr Hislop has tho matter under consideration. He recognises the desirability of the Lincoln Agricultural College being made available for scholarship lads from the primary schools, and has undertaken to bring in a Bill dealing with the subject. The Exhibition Bar. The reversal of the vote requiring the Dunedin Exhibition Commissioners to take a poll of the ratepayers before getting a license to sell intoxicating drink in the Exhibition waH a surprise to the temperance party. The Hon. George M'Lean, who is probably the most successful lobbyist in either branch of the Legislature, had been whipping up votes on the question for some time previous, while Mr Goldie, feeling that it was a matter more particularly affecting Dunedin, was trusting to Mr Fulton, as the oldest teetotaller in the House, to take action, but the member for the Taieri was taken unawares, as a result of tbe extraordinary proceedings which took place in the House on Friday night. Members had come back from their dinners expecting the commencement of the debate on the financial proposals of tha Government, which would likely extend over a week, but, to the surprise of everyone, a no-confidence debate sprung up and was summarily disposed of, and the financial debate was adjourned until next sitting day. Then the Dunedin Exhibition licensing matter, which was not expected to be before the House for a week, was at once brought forward, and Mr Fulton, who was paired, not being in the House, Mr Goldie had, without warning, to move that the amendments of the Legislative Council be not agroed to, but was defeated by 38 votes to 29.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7983, 12 August 1889
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